Best of Philly

Best Ice Cream

2016 BEST Soft-Serve

Pizzeria Vetri

If the fior di latte soft-serve were any smoother, it would slide right out of the cup.

1615 Chancellor Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-763-3760 | Website

2015 BEST Soft-Serve

Big Gay Ice Cream

521 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA

It’s all delicious, though the Salty Pimp, with dulce de leche and sea salt, is the one people talk about as they should. Read more »

2015 BEST Sundae

Franklin Fountain’s Mt. Vesuvius

116 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA

Chocolate or vanilla ice cream studded with brownie “boulders,” hot fudge, malt powder and whipped cream. Michelle Obama can wait only so long before declaring war on this caloric eruption. Read more »

2015 BEST DIY Ice-Cream Sandwich

Insomnia Cookies

Multiple locations

Freezer empty? Order a pint of ice cream (or a quart, no judgment) and some fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies from Insomnia, and get your (homemade) Chipwich on. Read more »

2014 BEST Ice Cream


4239 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

It’s not often that someone breaks into the well-established world of ice cream; thankfully, West Philly newcomer Weckerly’s did. Made with love from a custard base, in flavors like cold-brewed coffee and peaches-and-cream, this is smooth, thick, and extra-special when sandwiched between two cookies. Read more »

2012 BEST Ice Cream

oWowCow Creamery

4105 Durham Road, Ottsville, PA

Small-batch-crafted, organic, with heavenly flavors, served in two locales way out in the hinterlands of Bucks County. Trust us: Worth the schlep. Read more »

2011 BEST Ice Cream

Franklin Fountain

116 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA

A few of the greatest hits: Honeycomb, white as snow, nearly custard-like, lightly kissed with honey and studded with brittle little flecks of golden honeycomb candy; Girl Scout Cookie, with fistfuls of ground-up Thin Mints; the freshest blueberry ever. Read more »

2010 BEST Ice Cream

The Franklin Fountain

116 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA

The 19th–century atmosphere (right down to the cash register, which was actually made in 1914) and the young, spiffy counter help in bow ties add panache, but it’s those achingly delicious handmade flavors from chocolate and vanilla bean to Hydrox cookie and Teaberry gum that make this purveyor of sundry sundaes so much more than… Read more »

2009 BEST Ice Cream

La Michoacana Ice Cream

231 East State Street, Kennett Square, PA

Good, traditional homemade ice cream abounds in these parts. But what about earthy mushroom ice cream? Green and creamy avocado? Rice pudding? And, best of all, how about a sunny sweet-corn ice cream, sprinkled with hot chili powder? Yes, there are excellent versions of all the standard flavors, too. But trust us on this sweet-corn-plus-chili… Read more »